Mouna Traore Indie Filmmaker and Actor

first_imgFLARE #HowIMadeIt celebrates 100+ talented, ambitious and driven Canadian women with cool jobs. Want what Mouna has? Here’s how she did it.Let’s say we’ve just met at a cocktail party. How would you describe, in a nutshell, what you do?I’m an actor, writer, filmmaker and occasional model.Where did you go to school and what did you study?I went to the University of Toronto and majored in Caribbean Studies and minored in African Studies and Buddhism Psychology.What was your first paying gig out of school? (In your field, or not.) Advertisement Twitter Facebook Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Well, I worked on several television shows and film projects while I was in school… I kinda took my time getting my degree so I could make space for my career. When I finally graduated, I took a break and lived in Berlin for several months modelling, so I guess my first gig school-free would be doing e-commerce for Zalando, an online store in Germany.What was your BIG break? How did you land it?Landing the role of Rebecca James in CBC’s hit show Murdoch Mysteries! I auditioned for it like anything else but I really had fun in the audition process. I had no idea what I was doing, with all the intimidating medical jargon I just tried to forget that it was a period piece and be my spunky flirty self. Needless to say, it worked!Describe the moment in which you first realized, I think this is actually going to work out?When I came back from Berlin and I booked the role of Ali on Hemlock Grove. It was my second audition since I returned to Canada and I had so many doubts about whether I could keep going as an actor. I guess getting that gig made me feel like the Universe wanted me to push on!What would you say has been your biggest failure or shortcoming, career-wise, to date? How did you bounce back?I think my short-lived stint as sassy candy rapper Nani. I wouldn’t say it was a failure, more of a fun experiment that didn’t pan out, but it’s definitely been a source of insecurity for me. My bandmate Roney and I tried to make a name for ourselves in the Toronto music scene with limited resources and guidance and after a few years of struggling we parted ways (musically). I bounced back by focusing more on my acting career, which has always been my #1 passion and priority.Name one piece of career advice you always give.Study those who are doing what you want to do, and—if you can—surround yourself with the people who are doing what you want to be doing.What’s the worst career advice you’ve ever gotten?Fake it till you make it. Unfortunately, the camera sees everythingDid you deal with barriers in your field because you are a woman? If so, what were they?The barriers I deal with in my industry have more to do with me being a Black woman. Of course, women working in film and television find themselves under-represented and face various forms of discrimination on both sides of the camera but I must say my skin is a larger issue. I have been told I’m hard to light. I have been told that they went with a different ethnicity (as if casting more than one black person would be too unrealistic). I have also been told to be patient because good roles are only written for older black women.Are you making a fair income for your work? Why or why not? Do you have a side hustle for extra cash? If so, what is it?I would say I make a fair income. I have everything I want and need. My work as a writer and filmmaker doesn’t pay very well/at all because right now I’m just trying to make a name for myself on the other side of the camera, so anything my company makes goes right back into keeping the business afloat.What’s the worst stereotype you’ve heard about millennials at work?That social media is the source of our ignorance. I would argue the opposite—that it’s actually exposing more people to issues that would previously never engage with and that it’s important (yet problematic) source of current news and information. Login/Register With:last_img read more

Aboriginal man accused of murder loses court action to allow criminals on

first_imgKenneth Jackson APTN National News Jeremy Newborn’s mother looked at the potential jurors in her son’s murder trial and something jumped out to her.None of them appeared to be Aboriginal like her son. The second-degree murder trial grinded to a halt, just days before beginning in October 2014.Newborn’s lawyer wanted to challenge Alberta’s jury selection process.The argument: Alberta laws do not allow people convicted of a crime to be on a jury – and because Alberta, like many western provinces, has a high rate of Aboriginal people incarcerated, the law was unconstitutional to Newborn expecting a jury of his peers.Last week, an Alberta judged shot down that argument.“In my view, even after such closer scrutiny, the exclusion of persons who have committed crimes is properly seen as reasonable and acceptable,” wrote Justice Brian Burrows in his Jan. 7 decision. Burrows said someone convicted of a crime is likely not going to be impartial.“The disproportionate effect of the impugned exclusion in the case of Indigenous Canadians points to a shameful feature of modern Canadian society, but it does not cause a jury selected through the application of that exclusion to be unrepresentative; rather, it serves to promote the impartiality of such a jury,” he said.Newborn has pleaded not guilty to the December 2012 murder of John Hollar. His trial is expected to proceed in April.In 2013-14, Aboriginal offenders represented 21 per cent of the total prison population while Aboriginal adults represent three per cent of the Canadian adult population according to the latest federal government statistics.The constitutional challenge was argued in an Edmonton court in December.The Crown argued allowing convicted criminals on juries would weaken the public’s confidence.Alberta is not the only province with such a law, eight others have the same rule.During the court challenge, Newborn called an expert in statistics and sociology.Jaqueline Quinless testified a random selection of 178 people, which was the number of people selected for Newborn’s jury array, nine would be expected to be Aboriginal based on Edmonton’s population.But there wasn’t any Aboriginal people of the 178 selected in October 2014. Quinless said that could be a result of the effects of colonialism, such as residential schools that the Supreme Court has ruled, twice, is a direct link to the higher number of Aboriginal people incarcerated in Canada. “(These factors) have also damaged the relationship between Indigenous Canadians and the court system and have resulted in a reluctance on the part of Indigenous Canadians to participate in it as members of juries,” said Burrows summarizing Quinless’ testimony in his decision. The full decision can be read here.kjackson@aptn.calast_img read more

Kenya UN scales up refugee training to improve assistance in camps

“Refugees have always had a role in making camps work. However, at Dadaab that role is being expanded,” said Andrej Mahecic, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), during a press briefing in Geneva. “Hospitals, for example, have remained open throughout this difficult period, staffed by refugees, nationals, and a limited number of international staff,” he said.Part of the new strategy includes reaching out to different groups within the refugee population such as elders, the business community and youth so they can contribute in distinct ways. Mr. Mahecic stressed that refugee leaders and refugees working for partner agencies are being trained to identify individuals who require urgent attention so they can get life-saving assistance immediately.“In situations when international or national staff cannot get to camps the health posts are managed by refugee staff who have been trained over the years to provide basic medical services and refer more serious cases to the camp hospitals,” Mr. Mahecic said. “Refugee staff are also getting refresher courses on management of sensitive cases of sexual or gender-based violence,” he added.According to UNHCR, since the beginning of this year, over 150 vulnerable people and families have been identified by the agency and its partners, and brought to the agency’s offices in Dadaab where they have received medical and psychological help.Refugees are also helping to improve the camps’ conditions by building new latrines on sandy and rocky ground, and by collecting and transporting solid waste by donkey carts to allocated waste disposal sites.In addition, UNHCR is also engaging with young refugees to enhance their skills and work experience. “More than 30 camp schools remain open and are run by refugee teachers. Despite insecurity, the Kenyan National Exams took place in the camps at the end of last year and the results were an improvement in the average score in comparison to last year. The exams were made possible because the community patrolled the schools and guarded the gates,” Mr. Mahecic said.He stressed that UNHCR will continue to identify specific groups for outreach such as business and religious leaders, and would also strengthen awareness through radio and other means such as free mobile texting.The Dadaab refugee complex shelters more than 460,000 refugees. A third of this refugee population arrived in 2011 alone, fleeing the conflict, drought, famine and human rights abuses in Somalia. The camps in Dadaab opened two decades ago and were originally designed to host some 90,000 refugees. 27 January 2012The United Nations refugee agency today announced new strategies to ensure uninterrupted assistance and services in its largest complex in Kenya, including training and mentoring of refugees as well as involving them in the day-to-day running of the Dadaab camps. read more

President hands over homes to war displaced in the North

The project offers each beneficiary a new house of twenty perch block, comprising of two bed rooms, a living room, dining area, kitchen, toilet and the bathroom, covering a land extent of 540 sq ft. The scheme also houses a community centre, playground, nursery, fish market, police post and other necessary infrastructure facilities such as drinking water and electricity. (Colombo Gazette) President Maithripala Sirisena today ordered the release of 454 acres of land in the Palaly Army Cantonment.The President made the announcement after handing over 100 new houses constructed in Keeramalai, Jaffna for war displaced families. Under the Phase – I, a total of 100 most deserving families out of 971 displaced families, still languishing in 31 relief welfare centers across the peninsula, were selected and given ownership certificates and keys to the houses. Each house cost Rs 9 lakhs and funds to that effect were made available by the Ministry of Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs through the office of the Jaffna District Secretary. Respective coordinating initiatives were implemented jointly by the Ministry of Defence and the Sri Lanka Army. read more

PM visits Hambantota Port and holds talks with Chinese officials

The Hambantota Port is operated by Hambantota International Port Services Company (HIPS).HIPS retains the exclusive right to develop, operate and manage the Common User Facilities at the Hambantota Port according to a 99-year concessions agreement signed by the Government of Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka Ports Authority, and China Merchants Port Holdings Company, a Chinese state-owned enterprise, in July of 2017. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe visited the Hambantota Port today and had talks with Chinese officials in the port.He visited the port while in Hambantota on an inspection tour. read more

Polio is no longer endemic in Nigeria – UN health agency

“The outstanding commitment and efforts that got Nigeria off the endemic list must continue, to keep Africa polio-free,” said WHO Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan. “We must now support the efforts in Pakistan and Afghanistan so they soon join the polio-free world.” Since 1988, the incidence of polio has been reduced by more than 99 percent, according to WHO. At the time, more than 350,000 children were paralysed every year, in more than 125 endemic countries. Today, two countries remain which have never stopped endemic transmission of polio: Pakistan and Afghanistan, where there have been in 2015, 41 cases reported (32 in Pakistan, 9 in Afghanistan).In its announcement today, WHO said that Nigeria has made remarkable progress against polio, but continued vigilance is needed to protect these gains and ensure that polio does not return.Nigeria has not reported a case of wild poliovirus since 24 July 2014, and all laboratory data has confirmed that a full 12 months have passed without any new cases.Immunization and surveillance activities must continue to rapidly detect a potential re-introduction or re-emergence of the virus, the agency said, explaining that only after three years have passed without a case of wild poliovirus on the African continent will an official ‘certification’ of polio eradication be conducted at the regional level in Africa.The Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), the public-private partnership leading the effort to eradicate polio on the planet, called the development a ‘historic achievement’ in global health.As recently as 2012, Nigeria accounted for more than half of all polio cases worldwide, according to WHO.“More than 200,000 volunteers across the country repeatedly immunized more than 45 million children under the age of 5, to ensure that no child would suffer from this paralysing disease,” the agency said. read more

Londons tourism industry counts cost of latest terrorist attack

first_imgCésar Ritz’s legacy has changed little since it opened in 1906. With faultless service, a superb …Read expert review 9Telegraph expert rating The London Eye, which in terms of visitor numbers is one of Europe's most popular attractions That prediction is however contested by Laura Citron, CEO of the capital’s tourism board London & Partners: “At this stage it is not possible to predict the impact on the tourism industry but we do know that in the two months following the Westminster attack, travel agent bookings to London were up 6.7 per cent.”London’s robust performance over the last year can in part be attributed to the post-Brexit fall in the value of sterling making the city more affordable to foreign visitors. Sterling dropped by around 15 per cent against the currencies of the UK’s major trading partners following the referendum vote to leave the EU and more than 2.8m overseas residents visited the UK in January, up 11 per cent on the same month in 2016, the Office for National Statistics said. The capital’s increased popularity, however, forms part of a longer-term trend rather than a spiked response to favourable fluctuations in the exchange rate. Last year London welcomed a record 19.1m overseas visits to the city and is now welcoming 25 per cent more overseas visits, compared to five years ago – itself a particularly notable year with the 2012 Olympic Games being hosted in Stratford. One of the few companies to confirm to Telegraph Travel that they had seen a significant hit to their business in the wake of the UK terrorist attacks is HenHeaven, which organises hen parties and counts London as its most popular destination. According to CEO Rob Hill, they “have seen a 60 per cent drop in London traffic on the site…[though] we are expecting this to recover after not too long”. In the wake of Saturday’s terrorist attack in London, the capital’s tourism industry is now endeavouring to assess what impact the atrocity may have on a sector that supports 700,000 jobs and is worth some £36 billion per year.It may take some time for trends in prospective London visitors’ behaviours to become clear, but some in the industry have looked to Paris as a precedent. After the November 2015 terrorist attack, the number of domestic and international tourists visiting the French capital dropped by approximately 30 per cent. It would not be remiss to think the same might happen to London. The manager of one Knightsbridge luxury hotel told me today he remained optimistic about the city’s enduring high popularity. His hotel has so far noticed no impact from the terrorist attack at all, with no increase in the number of cancellations or a dip in the volume of booking enquiries. Data from Forward Keys, used by London & Partners and Visit Britain to monitor travel-agent bookings to London and the UK, has recently also provided indications that interest in the country hadn’t dipped as a consequence of the atrocities on Westminster Bridge and in Manchester. As of May 27, two months after the former attack and five days after the latter, visits to the UK were up 11 per cent year on year.But while few in London’s tourism industry have publicly suggested the capital will suffer a long-term degradation in its popularity due to these events, there have been some indicators that confidence in the sector has dipped. Travel Weekly reports that shares across the sector fell this week, with Merlin – operator of the London Eye and Madame Tussauds – dropping 13p to 524p and British Airways owner International Airlines Group dropping 15.5p to 592p. A favourite of dowager duchesses, lords, ladies and assorted gentlefolk; the Middleton family and…Read expert review £370inc. tax The British Museum From 9Telegraph expert rating The British MuseumCredit:Getty Images Check availability 9Telegraph expert rating Ever wondered what it would be like to spend the night at London Zoo? Think sleeping in a Gujarat…Read expert reviewcenter_img best hotels in Londonview all The GoringBelgravia, London, England Rates provided £610inc. tax Check availability The Ritz LondonMayfair, London, England From Find exclusive UK hotel and restaurant offers from Telegraph Travel The London Eye, which in terms of visitor numbers is one of Europe’s most popular attractionsCredit:Getty Images Rates provided Gir Lion LodgeRegent’s Park, London, England Save up to 70% on hotel deals via our partner Secret Escapes While businesses nationwide will be keen to assess the commercial impact of these terrible events, London & Partners’ Laura Citron is urging tourists to continue to support the city: “Londoners and visitors are resilient and we are confident that tourists will stand by the city and our values. Today, London is up and running as normal, and it is great to see people out enjoying our unbeatable array of museums, restaurants, shops and theatres. Some 700,000 Londoners rely on tourism for their livelihoods and visitors have never been more important or more welcome here.” From £378inc. taxlast_img read more

Debtech Xray sorter for Venetia diamond mine South Africa

first_imgDiamond processing technology specialist DebTech is assisting South Africa’s largest diamond mine to optimise its plant throughput by re-concentrating the product from the dense medium separation (DMS) stage, with the recent delivery of its X-ray Transmission (XRT) sorter.The XRT Coarse Concentrator sorting unit was delivered earlier this year to De Beers’ Venetia mine in Limpopo province, and commissioning took place during November. The unit’s modularised configuration, where all elements of the system are designed to fit into two 6-m containers, makes for optimal assembly and testing under factory conditions, efficient transportation, and quicker commissioning on site.DebTech’ S XRT technology has been specifically designed to provide an alternative to a high yielding DMS plant. This is especially important where the high yield causes plant bottlenecks further down the process.“High yielding DMS can overwhelm the next stage in the treatment process – the recovery plant,” says DebTech head Gordon Taylor. “A valuable role that the XRT sorter can play is to re-concentrate the coarse and the middles DMS product. The significantly lower yield from the XRT sorters allows these size fraction to bypass the traditional recovery stage, thereby freeing up more capacity in the recovery plant to the treat the finer size fraction.”Featuring a dual-energy XRT detector and a robust air ejector system, the XRT unit has a user-friendly, menu-driven control interface and full maintenance support that employs remote diagnostics.“Not only is the XRT technology able to identify the diamonds, but the X-ray images captured also allow the machine to provide online carat estimates and stone count values in real time,” says Taylor. “This makes a big difference to mining and plant operations, especially in segments like marine diamond mining where the first installation of this XRT technology was done some five years ago.”“The quality of the X-ray images means that, if a diamond comes through the system, the user gets more than just a digital signal that an object was ejected,” he says. “Rather, from the digital image they can get a size measurement of the diamond. This can give the mining vessel manager an immediate online carat count and size frequency analysis, providing important information that would otherwise only be available after the samples are lifted off the ship and flown back to land to be sorted.”All diamond types can be recovered – from low luminescent Type II to yellow and boart – and at a yield significantly less than conventional techniques.last_img read more

17yearold girl among five arrested in organised crime crackdown

first_imgFIVE PEOPLE, INCLUDING one teenage girl, were arrested in a series of searches by gardaí.The searches were part of Operation Fiacla and an ongoing operation to combat Organised Crime in the Limerick area.Gardaí from Henry St Garda Station, assisted by local gardaí and Gardaí from Tipperary and Clare carried out planned searches on a number of premises this morning in Limerick and Tipperary.Five people were arrested, four men ranging in ages from 19 to 27 and one girl aged 17, during the operation and they are being detained under the provisions of Section 50 Criminal Justice Act 2007 at Nenagh, Roxboro Road, Henry Street, Newcastle West and Shannon Garda Stations.Read: Almost 7,000 arrested as part of Garda burglary operationlast_img read more

How to play Grand Theft Auto Online today

first_imgToday is the day that Rockstar flips the switch, turns all the servers on, and allows GTA V players to start enjoying Grand Theft Auto Online. But how exactly do you gain access to the online world?Rockstar says that access to GTA Online will be decided based on where you are in the world. But for simplicity, GTA Online became available to play at 7am EST this morning, so if you are in the US and reading this, it’s already available. Logging in, however, requires you first download and install a software update (about 60MB).Both PS3 and Xbox 360 owners should see this software update appear for download. Once installed, GTA Online will appear as a menu option in GTA V. Selecting that, and then selecting the bottom slot on your GTA V character wheel, will connect you to the online world.Of course, how successful you are at managing to connect depends on how well Rockstar’s servers are coping with demand. The developer has already warned players they expect teething problems initially as they have never done this before. So if your connection fails, or the game is unplayable due to lag, it’s going to be best if you log out and try again later. Frustrating, yes, but there’s not much you can do about it.As for what to expect once you are playing the game, we’ll start with the story. It’s actually set a few months before the storyline followed in the core GTA V single player experience. So there won’t be any overlap, at least initially. Content updates may change that in the future.Rockstar has also come up with solutions on how to manage millions of potential players and all that violence in a finite-sized world. For example, you may end up owning the exact same property as another player. But that’s a planned feature. You will just see a different instance of the property and it will remain just yours.GTA Online is also aimed at up to 16 players working together, so it seems likely you will want to invite friends over to your house. In order to avoid any possessions being stolen or violence happening, accepting an invite to visit a property blocks any stealing or violence while you are there. So all parties know they and their possessions are safe.A big area of concern for players is the use of real money in the game. Rockstar announced last week that you will be able to purchase cash cards containing GTA$ using real-world money in stores. However, Rockstar has limited the usefulness of such quick cash by ensuring access to goods goes hand-in-hand with Reputation Points. If you have a low reputation, you will only be able to purchase a small subset of the available products the game offers. And to up your reputation you need to play the game, not spend a lot of cash. You can’t cheat the system if you’re rich.Finally, there’s jobs. The gameplay and fun comes from carrying out jobs, and therefore Rockstar has included a lot of them to keep you busy. However, it has also been revealed that they intend to add the ability for content creation by players, meaning in the near future you will be able to create your own jobs. For example, custom races and deathmatches.As this is day one, the main tasks for players are going to be installing the software update, managing to connect to Rockstar’s servers, and creating your character. If you get that far then I think you’re doing well, and hopefully by the weekend millions of players will be keeping the servers humming and teaming up to carry out jobs.last_img read more

A lot of people will not get on bikes because they think

first_img Traffic would be cut to one lane between Eden and Arran quay with priority for cyclists and public transport options. Source: Dublin City CouncilDespite the inherent compromises, risks and additional costs associated with this proposal it does have the principle benefit of allowing the Liffey Cycle Route to remain on the quays and also still allows general traffic to remain on the quays.A decision is still awaited on how the Liffey Cycle Route will be built.Ryder maintained that, despite current plans for city traffic meaning less road space for cars, this was a theme common across many European cities.He said: “A lot of European city centres are closing down to not just car traffic but bus traffic too. They’re pedestrianising whole city centres.The business that comes from people who cycle on a regular basis has been proven but businesses have to understand it and believe in it. Public transport and bikes are the future. We’ll have the cross city Luas line finished this year. In the coming years, there’s going to be a huge change in how our city works.Colm Ryder was speaking yesterday at the launch of National Bike Week, which runs from Saturday 10 June to Saturday 17 June.Read: Cycling to work is only healthy if the government makes it safe, new study saysRead: China is clamping down on bike rentals due to on-street ‘chaos’ Share269 Tweet Email1 ‘A lot of people will not get on bikes because they think it’s dangerous. We need segregated routes’ Radical plans to close off traffic for cars on some routes in Dublin would not only be beneficial for bike users, according to a cycling group. Jun 9th 2017, 6:10 AM 13,594 Views Image: 167 Comments We definitely want more and better quality routes so it can be ensured that cyclists stay safe around the city.No cars goPlans are already well underway from Dublin City Council (DCC) to restrict traffic from cars in many areas of the city.Vehicles could be banned from travelling east and west on College Green, for example, from later this year if DCC’s ambitious plans for a new civic plaza at the site go ahead.When operational, the Luas Cross City will travel along the front of Trinity College at College Green with taxis and buses but not private cars also allowed use that route.Bus and car traffic on Dame Street will stop at Foster Place South, leaving a space for pedestrians on front of the Bank of Ireland building.A turning point will be built to allow cars and buses turn around and travel back down Dame Street and away from the civic plaza on College Green.A cycleway will also be incorporated that will allow cyclists travel down Westmoreland Street along the Civic Plaza and then further down Dame Street.A more controversial move would see a ban on cars along Eden Quay from O’Connell Street to Marlborough Street, allowing only public transport, taxis and cyclists.This, however, was blocked during a council meeting last month after criticism from businesses in the area.Speaking to, Fianna Fáil councillor Paul McAuliffe, who is chair of the council’s enterprise committee, welcomed the news.He said: “While I absolutely believe that the public transport and cyclists are extremely important, the proposals coming sent the message that cars were not allowed.I think the chief executive and the city council have made a pragmatic decision.Segregated routesFor Ryder, from the Dublin Cycling Campaign, having “segregated routes” for cyclists on major routes in and out of the city is essential.Examples of segregation on existing Dublin routes includes the Grand Canal between Portobello and Grand Canal Square.Segregated cycle lanes were proposed by the National Transport Authority last week as it unveiled its €1 billion BusConnects plan.Ryder cited the Liffey Cycle Route, for example, as a plan that would effectively provide for cyclists in the capital.It would see a continuous cycle path along the River Liffey, from Heuston Station to Dublin’s docklands and, in parts, incorporate a dedicated cycling boardwalk.One particular problem with the project was that, due to the narrow roadway along part of Ellis and Arran Quays, car and lorry traffic would be diverted from this 450 metre-long stretch, between Blackhall Place and Church Street, along a parallel route through Smithfield.This has, however, been turned down by the council. Another option on the table is a solution that would allow traffic to remain on the quays at this point, but reducing it to one lane at a point.Brendan O’Brien, head of technical services in DCC’s Environment and Transportation department, wrote in a report released last month: “Taking into account we cannot alter Mellowes bridge we then prepared a design which took elements of Option 7, namely the reduction of the quays to one lane, but now only at Mellowes Bridge on the upstream and downstream immediate approaches and combined it with a boardwalk for cyclists on Ellis Quay and Arran Quay.The approach to the one lane section would be controlled by traffic signals with priority being given to public transport while still allowing general traffic to move through this one lane section provided there was space ahead to move into.center_img By Sean Murray SO FAR THIS year, nine cyclists have died on Irish roads. In the same period last year, just three cyclists lost their lives.At the launch of an initiative to encourage drivers to slow down and bear cyclists in mind on the roads yesterday, Dublin Cycling Campaign’s Colm Ryder told that some people are wary of cycling in the city because they believe it can be dangerous.“A lot of people will not get on bikes,” he said, “because they perceive it’s dangerous to cycle in the city”.Ryder greatly supports having separate, dedicated cycle lanes on the quays and around the city centre, as this would encourage more people to get on the bike instead of driving, he said: Friday 9 Jun 2017, 6:10 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL File photo File photo Image: RollingNews.ielast_img read more

John Stamos is off the market

first_imgUncle Jesse, aka John Stamos has married his pregnant fiancée and actress Caitlin McHugh in an intimate backyard ceremony at their home in Beverly Hills alongside family and close friends.McHugh, 31, who wore a strapless A-line tulle gown while Stamos, 54, opted for a classic black suit suit and bowtie. It is the first marriage for the actress while Stamos was previously married to model and actress Rebecca Romijn for seven years, from 1998 to 2005.The happy couple are also expecting their first child; Stamos had announced the pregnancy back in December followed by an appearance at the 2018 SAG Awards last month.The Greek American star and McHugh got engaged in Disneyland in October after dating for two years.“The look on John’s face when I told him we were pregnant was priceless,” McHugh had told the press. “It was the look of a man who has wanted a family of his own but wasn’t sure it was going to happen for him. Now it is!”Even though the weekend ended on a happy and high note for the cuddled up newlyweds, getting there was no walk in the park. A few hours before the wedding a burglar broke into the the bride’s bedroom removing several items of jewelry valued at approximately $165,000, according to the police preliminary investigation. The suspect remains unidentified and at large while the investigation continues.John Stamos and Caitlin McHugh (below) on Saturday. Photo: Backgrid Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

It took this guy 11 hours to make a cup of tea

first_img Yesterday it took Mark Rittman half a day to make a single cup of tea. How does a task that should take three or four minutes end up taking that long? Technology!V, it seems, is one of the handful of people that thought a Wi-Fi enabled smart kettle sounded pretty keen. It’s the kind of thing that can make you feel a little bit like the Banks family, with your own digital Geoffrey on staff to whip up a nice hot cuppa whenever the mood strikes you.That’s the plan, anyway. As many of you know, however, smart things can sometimes be S-M-R-T. Things started out badly for Rittman when the kettle’s app notified him that he needed to re-calibrate the device. The process didn’t go smoothly, so as any good IoT geek would, he fired up a command prompt to investigate.The problem seemed straightforward enough: the iKettle’s base couldn’t talk to the kettle itself. Hours of port scanning later, he’d made some progress. A combination of flaky Wi-Fi on the base and Rittman’s homebrew scripts to enable IFTTT and HomeKit support were keeping him from his tea.Then something else got in the way, and there’s a very slim chance that if you were making a list of things that could screw up a cup of tea that you’d ever list it. The Hadoop server cluster in Rittman’s garage went for a poop. It seems it was being hammered with traffic as interest in his Twitter updates on the situation spiked.Why not just call it a day after say… the first three or four hours? Because no self-respecting geek is about to let an uppity gadget win, that’s why. And so Rittman steeled his resolve and continued fighting throughout the afternoon.My work is done. And now onto everything else I meant to do today, after that first cup of tea.— Mark Rittman (@markrittman) October 11, 2016 Finally, around 6:00 PM, he emerged from his kitchen victorious. Now let’s hope he’s plugged up all the security holes those stupid kettles are known for… Geek Pick: Sengled Smart Wi-Fi LED Has Multicolor Beauty and BrainsGeek Pick: Abode iota Is an All-In-One Security Kit Stay on targetlast_img read more

UPDATE Friend of teen killed by police pleads guilty

first_imgA deputy prosecutor, a defense attorney, a juvenile court judge and a Vancouver mother all agree: Nehemiah Rudner-Singleton is lucky to be alive.The boy, 16, was in a nearly identical situation as his companion Douglas E. Combs on Jan. 25 when the two boys left Pop Culture in downtown Vancouver and encountered police, who had set up a perimeter and staked out the business.Both teens were armed with weapons when they split up and ran from law enforcement: Combs ran up an alley and Rudner-Singleton ran down a street, according to court record.Combs, who had been implicated in a crime spree that includes two robberies and a home invasion and shooting earlier the same day, was later pronounced dead. Police had shot him in the back in a parking lot at C and 20th Street, authorities said. Rudner-Singleton was apprehended nearby after he collided with a police car, according to the court record. He was arrested on suspicion of unlawfully possessing a firearm.Rudner-Singleton pleaded guilty Monday to attempted second-degree assault with a deadly weapon and unlawful possession of a firearm and was sentenced to 30 days in custody with credit for the nine days he has already served.last_img read more

Washington grads improve their college chances

first_imgSEATTLE — This year’s high school graduates have a slightly better chance of getting into Washington’s public colleges and universities, thanks to a fluke of demographics. The class of 2014 is at the bottom of a population dip. That means they have a little less competition for college admission, The Seattle Times reported.The number of high school seniors graduating in Washington — and around the nation — is at its lowest point in years.The Western Interstate Commission for High Education, which tracks demographic trends, reports about 5,000 fewer students are expected to get a diploma in Washington than did in 2010.This year, nearly 69 percent of in-state freshman applicants to the University of Washington will get an acceptance letter in the mail this month. In 2013 and 2012, between 63 and 65 percent of in-state applicants were admitted.“The chances of getting in this year happen to be better than in recent years,” said UW spokesman Norm Arkans. But he underscored that getting into the UW still requires top grades, high college entrance-exam scores and a resume of high school achievements.last_img read more

The best VPN sales and deals right now

first_img Post a comment Surfshark: $1.99 a month for 2 years See at ZDNet Academy Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Norton Secure VPN: $39.99 for the first year for 5 devices KeepSolid’s unlimited plan costs $20 a month if you buy it direct from KeepSolid. Via ZDNet Academy, you can get a lifetime subscription to KeepSolid VPN Unlimited for $39, which is a steal in its own right. With code VPNSAVINGS (and after signing up for a free ZDNet Academy account), the price of a lifetime subscription drops to an astonishingly low $19. That’s a buck less than a single month would normally cost you! Check out Rick Broida’s experience with KeepSolid VPN (and thank him for the coupon code).  See at Surfshark Share your voice That’s VPN on 4 extra devices at no extra charge Read the Nord VPN review (ZDNet) This story was originally published earlier. The story has been updated to note that the deals are still in effect as of the time of the new publication. Shutterstock With Wi-Fi popping up in more and more spots, from coffee shops and restaurants to hotels, airports and airplanes, it’s easier than ever to work wherever you may roam. By the same token, it’s easier than ever for hackers to steal and sell your data from these ubiquitous and open networks. A VPN can help protect you. It turns an unsecure, public network into a secure, private network by creating an encrypted connection between your phone or computer and a VPN server. And while there are plenty of recommendable VPNs out there, the trick is to find one at a good price. (Remember that — so far, anyway — free VPN services aren’t worth the risk.)  To that end, we’ve compiled a list of the best VPN discounts that are available right now. Just keep a few things in mind: Some of these offers have “countdown clocks” saying that the deals are ending “today.” These are usually marketing tactics that have no relationship to the deal’s actual end date. ZDNet Academy (the purveyor of the KeepSolid VPN deal) is the in-house retailer of ZDNet, CNET’s sister publication.CNET and/or ZDNet may get a share of revenue from the sale of the services featured on this page.center_img KeepSolid VPN Unlimited: Lifetime subscription for $19 with code VPNSAVINGS Norton offers three flavors of its Secure VPN; you can buy it for one device, 5 devices or 10 devices. The 1-device plan is discounted by $10 to $39.99 for the first year of your subscription, but the 5-device plan that usually goes for $79.99 is also $39.99 for the first year — a savings of 50%. The 10-device plan is also discounted by $40 to $59.99 for the first year. We understand that these first-year discounts are “the new normal” for Norton, not limited-time offers, so this is less of an “act now” situation and more of an “FYI.” Also note that after the first discounted year, you’ll auto-renew at the standard rate; you can learn how to cancel your subscription here.  See at Norton NordVPN is one of the industry’s heavyweights, and it’s currently discounting its three-year subscription plan. It usually costs $430.20 (or $17.93 a month) and is currently on sale for $107.55 — or just $2.99 a month. That amounts to a 75% discount.  NordVPN: $2.99 a month for 3 years See at NordVPN 0 Surfshark is currently running a deep discount on its 24-month subscription. This plan usually costs $286 (or $11.92 a month) and is currently on sale for $47.76 — that’s only $1.99 a month and a savings of 83%.  Tags Security Computers Mobilelast_img read more

AIDEA board OKs sale of Pentex to Interior Gas Utility

first_imgThe IGU’s purchase of Pentex and its assets includes the Titan LNG’s liquifaction and storage facilities in southcentral. (Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman photo)The Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority’s board of directors on Thursday approved selling Pentex Alaska Natural Gas Company and its assets, including Fairbanks Natural Gas, to the Interior Gas Utility.Listen nowAIDEA’s seven-member board made its sale of Pentex to the IGU official Thursday with unanimous votes on four resolutions that each addressed different aspects of the sale. Before the first vote, board member Gary Wilken of Fairbanks likened AIDEA and IGU to two members of a football team that was finally ready to score, after nearly a year of due diligence and negotiations over the deal.“Today,” Wilken said, “I hope we’re going to take that ball and pass it to IGU, and they’re going to score a touchdown and make this an investment-grade utility that benefits Interior Alaska.”Bernie Karl is another Fairbanksan who serves on the board. He said he would’ve preferred a better deal, but he urged fellow board members to approve the one before them.“I’m telling you, this is the best deal we have going,” Karl said. “So, we have to go for it.”In his comments, board Chairman Dana Pruhs pointed out two advantages to the three-year gas-supply contract that comes as part of the deal. He said it freezes the gas price at the present level, which should protect IGU ratepayers from price hikes. And it allows an increase in volume without any price penalty. Pruhs says that should help the IGU as it brings on additional customers by convincing them to convert from fuel oil or firewood or other heating sources.“The hurdle I see is the focus on conversions,” Pruhs said. “That’s critical – all hands on deck. It’s important that the community gets behind it, and the community does things to facilitate it.”The deal approved Thursday calls for IGU to buy Pentex for $54 million, the amount AIDEA paid for the company in 2015, plus about $5.5 million – the rate of return since AIDEA acquired Pentex in 2015. The company’s assets include Fairbanks Natural Gas; the Titan Alaska LNG production facility at Point MacKenzie, in southcentral; and other subsidiaries that manage LNG storage and transport for Pentex.When it came his turn to vote, Karl made his support trebly clear when the clerk called on him for his vote, to which he replied: “Yes, yes, yes!”The fourth and final vote on the deal called for construction of an additional LNG storage tank and processing facilities in Fairbanks. The complex, including the 5.25 million-gallon tank, would cost $45.5 million to build and would be paid for through a loan that AIDEA has offered as part of the whole Pentex-sale package.Dan Britton, president of both Pentex and Fairbanks Natural Gas, says the tank would provide capacity for additional customers who convert to natural gas. And he says it also would boost the city’s existing five-day gas-storage supply capacity to up to 40 days’ supply. He says that would to provide assurance to customers who may hesitate to convert over concerns about an interruption in the supply of gas.“So that gives a comfort level to people converting from an alternative heating source to gas – knowing that we have LNG in a tank in Fairbanks ready for use during the extreme cold in the winter,” Britton said.Britton says site work on the project will begin almost immediately, so the contractor can begin work while the ground is frozen and stable.last_img read more

US Canada promise fair process for Huawei exec

first_imgThis TV image provided by CTV to AFP shows Huawei Technologies chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou as she exits the court registry following the bail hearing at British Columbia Superior Courts in Vancouver, British Columbia on 11 December. Photo: AFPThe United States and Canada on Friday promised a fair judicial process for a Chinese executive arrested in Vancouver on a US request, as they appealed to Beijing to free two Canadians held in apparent retaliation.Foreign ministers and defence chiefs of the neighbours met in the US capital as Canada increasingly looks like collateral damage in a simmering US-China trade war, with Beijing at the same time working to ease trade tensions with Washington.Canadian foreign minister Chrystia Freeland said authorities were acting “scrupulously” in the detention of Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of telecom behemoth Huawei whom Washington wants extradited for allegedly violating US sanctions on Iran.”We all agree that the most important thing we can do is uphold the rule of law, ensure that Ms. Meng’s right to due process is respected and that the current judicial process in Canada remains apolitical,” she told a joint news conference.Freeland repeatedly said that Canada “is a rule-of-law country” that responded properly to an extradition request.”In Canada, there has been to this point no political interference in this issue at all,” she said.Secretary of state Mike Pompeo said the United States was also “respecting the rule of law each step along the way” as it seeks Meng.China furiousChina, however, has said that Canada and the United States overstepped their authority and that Meng, who was arrested while changing planes in Vancouver, broke no laws.Canada’s fears of repercussions have turned out to be well-founded, as China has since detained two Canadians on suspicion of “harm to national security” — a phrase often used by Beijing when alleging espionage.The Canadians are Michael Spavor, a China-based consultant who arranges visits for foreigners — including NBA star Dennis Rodman — to North Korea, and Michael Kovrig, a Mandarin-speaking former Canadian diplomat who works for the International Crisis Group (ICG) think tank.Canada’s foreign ministry said its ambassador to Beijing, John McCallum, was granted consular access to Kovrig and is pressing for access to Spavor. Speaking to The Canadian Press, prime minister Justin Trudeau predicted that access would take place “shortly.””We are being absolutely clear on standing up for our citizens who have been detained, trying to figure out why, trying to work with China to demonstrate that this not acceptable,” he told Citytv in Toronto.ICG stressed that “at no point has there been any hint of any wrongdoing” by Kovrig.”Far from being secretive, Michael’s work was open for all to see, Chinese officials first and foremost,” ICG president and CEO Robert Malley said in a statement, referring to the detainee’s past and present roles.”The real danger to China comes from Michael’s arbitrary arrest and detention for these will have a chilling effect on people wanting to visit and engage with the country.”Pompeo denounced the two men’s “unlawful detention” as “unacceptable” and demanded their return.Freeland called the release of the two men “a huge priority” for Canada.Meng, who stands accused of misleading US investors on Huawei’s operations in Iran, is out on bail of Can$10 million (US$7.5 million).Her arrest comes as Pompeo leads a campaign to squeeze Iran’s economy to curtail the Islamic republic’s influence across the Middle East.He has vowed to press all countries, friend or foe, to cut off business with Iran.China trade rift easesEven as China is seen as punishing Canada, it has appeared to pull its punches with the United States and moved ahead on a trade truce negotiated with president Donald Trump.Beijing said Friday it would suspend extra tariffs on US-made cars and auto parts for three months from 1 January.The move follows an accord between Trump and Chinese president Xi Jinping — reached on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Buenos Aires on 1 December, the very day Meng was arrested — to hold off on new tariffs set to take effect in the new year and instead start negotiations on trade concerns.Trump hailed the auto move, saying Beijing was taking action because tariffs he unveiled in recent months had caused China’s economy to slow.”China wants to make a big and very comprehensive deal. It could happen, and rather soon!” he tweeted.Canada has also been on the receiving end of Trump’s unorthodox approach on trade.In June, Trump publicly criticized prime minister Justin Trudeau as “very dishonest and weak” for his statements on tariffs at a summit.Freeland did not shy away from renewing Canada’s concerns. She said US tariffs imposed on Canadian aluminum and steel, which Washington has justified on national security grounds, were “unjust and illegal.””This is one of the situations you get in when the two largest economies in the world, China and the United States, start picking a fight with each other,” Prime Minister Trudeau said.”The escalating trade war between them is going to have all sorts of unintended consequences for Canada, potentially the entire global economy. We’re very worried about that.”last_img read more

Why Im Not Freaking Out Over Facebooks Messenger App But Im Not

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 4 min read August 11, 2014 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Globalcenter_img People are freaking out about Facebook’s Messenger app. However, why they’re bothering to download it is beyond me.If you haven’t noticed, Facebook has officially made it mandatory that people using its mobile app download a separate Messenger app in order to receive and respond to messeges on the social network. Yep. Two apps, one service.There are at least two big issues that have people freaking out. First, the app permissions. Here are just a few permissions the app asks for when you download it on an Android device:Allows the app to call phone numbers without your intervention. This may result in unexpected charges or calls. Malicious apps may cost you money by making calls without your confirmation.Allows the app to record audio with microphone. This permission allows the app to record audio at any time without your confirmation.Allows the app to read data about your contacts stored on your phone, including the frequency with which you’ve called, emailed, or communicated in other ways with specific individuals.Related: How to Create a Facebook Messenger Chatbot For Free Without CodingWow, right? That is some seriously creepy stuff. How dare Facebook demand such access to my personal information as well as information about my contacts? They’ve really crossed the line this time.If this sounds like you, please stop freaking out. There are reasonable explanations for the crazy language of the app permissions.Related: Is Apple’s App Store Broken?”Allows the app to record audio with microphone.” Uh oh, Facebook’s going to record your phone calls without your knowledge. Um, no. This permission is necessary so people can send audio and video messages using the app. “Allows the app to call phone numbers without your intervention.” Sounds like the app will be calling your contacts willy nilly. No, without this permission, you wouldn’t be able to make phone calls directly from the app. Get the picture? If anything, this proves that the generic app permissions language used by Google’s Android is borderline alarmist. Facebook attempted to debunk some of the crazy, crazy app permissions in a recent explainer online.The second issue as I see it is the bigger of the two. Why-oh-why would Facebook make people download a new, separate app to continue using features that were available on its regular mobile app? The use of standalone messaging apps like WhatsApp, Snapchat and Viber are increasingly popular around the world, although arguably less so in the U.S. Facebook wants to be people’s go-to tool for sharing and communicating with their networks. “With Messenger, we want to empower people passionate about messaging with a fast and simple way to communicate with their friends,” Facebook said back in March. Related: User Experience Is Integral to Winning App DesignI get it. But requiring people to download yet another app on their phone or tablet is obnoxious. Especially since there is no overwhelmingly obvious reason to do so. Except now, since Facebook has turned off the messaging featuring in its regular mobile app. So, download it or forget messaging on mobile.Like I said, obnoxious.I, for one, won’t be downloading Facebook Messenger — based on principle. Don’t force me to download another app in order to keep using the same old features. In Apple’s Appe Store, the app has a one-star rating. If all the negative reviews there and in the Google Play app store are any any indication, I’m not the only one. Related: How to Get Your App in Customers’ Hands and Build Word of Mouth Register Now »last_img read more

Police association say missing persons cases were hindered by data restrictions Updated

first_imgThe police association on Thursday rebuffed criticism over its members’ handling of a missing person’s case, which ended up being murder, possibly the work of a serial killer, blaming legal restrictions that prohibited disclosure of phone data.Defending its members against scathing criticism suggesting they did close to nothing to determine the fate of the Filipino women who went missing and at least two were now dead, the chairman of the association, Kyriacos Charalambous, said officers were working hard to resolve the case, sleeping only three to four hours each night.Charalambous said accusations against them were unsubstantiated and unfounded, blaming the limitations imposed by the law for their failures.“They are accused of not acting immediately and now we see probes ordered against them despite doing their jobs in line with the law,” Charalambous said.He said lifting phone data was not allowed in cases concerning missing persons since at the time, there was no question of investigating an offence punishable with more than five years in jail, which would allow the force to seek a court order.Charalambous said the force had asked parliament twice to approve legislation to give their members the weapons but the suggestion was rejected.“As we all saw the results were immediate when a body was found and officers could lift the communications data through court,” he said.He said people should not seek to pin the blame on people who, as it was proven, did their duty effectively and professionally.The association’s statement prompted renewed outrage against the force, whose chief on Wednesday appointed a three-member panel to probe potential omissions in investigating the disappearance of the women when they were reported missing.The Cyprus Mail has also learned that at least in the case of one of the women, Mary Rose Tiburcio, 39, who was reported missing along with her daughter Sierra, 6, police could have secured a court order for her phone records as there was a possibility of kidnapping.Tiburcio and Sierra were reported missing in May 2018 and the woman’s estranged partner did not know where they were.In fact, police found his daughter’s passport at his home after Tiburcio was found dead in a mine shaft about two weeks ago. Tiburcio’s passport was found at her home. Her daughter is still missing, presumed dead.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoIcePopMan Notices A Strange Hole In This Lake, So He Gets A Drone, Flies It Inside And Captures ThisIcePopUndoModernizeIf Your Home Has Old Roofing, Read ThisModernizeUndo Authorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoA new way of doing businessUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more